Noro Otitigbe is an author, poet. She holds a bachelor’s in Communication Studies from New York University.
Otitigbe has been published in Poets & Writers Magazine, Medium, and midnight & indigo Literary Journal.
Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass
“Your skin is so soft,” Mrs. Elkin said while rubbing her fingertips along the light beige-colored skin on Agatha’s forearm. Agatha set a dinner plate in front of the elderly woman and smiled at her. Mr. and Mrs. Elkin are her favorite residents at Menorah Center Nursing home. Agatha likes to watch them hold hands while teetering into the dining hall every day. Mr. Elkin always pulls Mrs. Elkin’s chair out, then waits for her to nestle into place before he pushes her chair in to secure her close to the table. His right-hand shakes whenever he holds a spoon to his mouth to test Mrs. Elkin’s soup in order to make sure it isn’t too hot for her. They hold hands while exiting the dining hall after every meal.